The added challenge is that technology is not available. I have one working desktop in the classroom for 26 students. Using personal devices are not allowed this year and our laptop cart currently does not have a class set. The other added stress is that there is limited access to the cart. Good ol'fashioned pen and paper.
I was so nervous to read it out loud. The students listened skeptically. Then I shared with them that I wrote the poem when I was around their age. I told them how it was published. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
That was it! The personal moment with writing. I have not shared personal writing with my students before. It was a hook.
Students were impressed that a teen can be published. It lead to a discussion about how powerful words can be. Words which can be crafted by all people of all ages.
Personal writing lead to a hook for students to write.
What hook do you use to inspire your students to write?
When was the last time you showed your guts to your students?
PS: Thank you for the notebook Michelle!